Quotes from Frank Herbert’s Dune

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Frank Herbert’s Dune is arguably the best science fiction book of all time. The novel is a love story and it challenges the ideology of science, politics and religion—especially when they are mixed. From Amazon:

Frank Herbert's Dune

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what it undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

I’ve listened to or ready Dune by Frank Herbert every year since 2010. This year, the book seems much more relevant because of the country’s political climate. So, I’ve listed some of my favorite quotes below:

Freedom

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” – Frank Herbert, Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune - Freedom

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Fear

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”  ― Frank Herbert, Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune - Fear is the mindkiller.

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Religion and Politics

“When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late.”  ― Frank Herbert, Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune - Religion and Politics

“Much that was called religion has carried an unconscious attitude of hostility toward life. True religion must teach that life is filled with joys pleasing to the eye of God, that knowledge without action is empty. All men must see that the teaching of religion by rules and rote is largely a hoax. The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you’ve always known.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune - Much Called Religion

Religion, too, is a weapon. What manner of weapon is religion when it becomes the government?” ― Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah

Frank Herbert’s Dune - Religion is a Weapon

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Life and Self Actualization

“Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune - The Sleeper Must Awaken

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“The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows – a wall against the wind.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune - The Willow

“Anything outside yourself, this you can see and apply your logic to it. But it’s a human trait that when we encounter personal problems, these things most deeply personal are the most difficult to bring out for our logic to scan. We tend to flounder around, blaming everything but the actual, deep-seated thing that’s really chewing on us.”  ― Frank Herbert, Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune - Outside Yourself

“Knowing where the trap is—that’s the first step in evading it.” ― Frank Herbert, Dune

Frank Herbert’s Dune - Knowing

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“A stone is heavy and the sand is weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on Amazon.com.

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